Charter Communications is prepping to launch a mobile service called Spectrum Mobile, which would have unlimited data pricing and per-GB data pricing, by the end of June, according to reporting by BGR’s Chris Mills. The description of Charter’s Wi-Fi First MVNO is quite similar to Charter’s Xfinity Mobile, both of which is share a mobile operating platform.
Similar to Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service, Charter’s service will be Wi-Fi first, using Verizon as a fall back. Also similar to Comcast, Spectrum Mobile’s unlimited data plan reported would be $45 a month, compared with Verizon’ Beyond Unlimited, which prices at $75 a month. Both Charter would charge $12 a gigabyte, which is the same as Comcast. Also similar to Comcast, Charter’s service may only be available to existing customers.
BGR got the story by gleaning the details come from a survey that Charter sent its customers for the proposed service, which may turn on by the end of this month.
While there is debate as to whether a Wi-Fi first network can truly compete with the major carriers, Xfinity Mobile enrolled 577,000 subscribers in its first year, according to Wireless Week. If Comcast does as well, that would be more than one million users not paying $75 a month.
Charter, in an FCC filing, said it is Wi-Fi First MVNO gambit is the first part of a two-phase strategy. Next, it plans to use the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz Band, in conjunction with our Wi-Fi network.